Freedom and Independace: Staying on My Own

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So for the last two weeks of July, since before I was born that has been the time that my parents have chosen to take their vacation in the summer. Until this year, I would travel with them to spend two weeks with my grandmothers.

This year has been different in many respects for me, I did not travel with them for Christmas to the same destination is spoken above, instead I chose to stay home sharing Christmas with a friend. When summer holidays rolled around this year, I again opted to stay home.

I had a lot of things on the go, apartment hunting, job hunting, and frankly I just wanted to see if I could stay on my own for that two-week stint — call it a trial period. Again, as it was at Christmas my friend stayed with me. Despite a few minor calamities we survived to tell the tale.

The Minor Calamities

On the middle weekend we were being picked up to attend a cultural festival. At 5:30 a.m. I woke up to use the wash room and then headed back to bed. At 6 a.m. I woke up to clocks flashing and this peculiar beeping noise I’d never heard before.

After a little detective work my friend and I determined that the beeping was coming from the carbon monoxide detector just outside my bedroom. Now, how exactly do I shut this thing off? I opened the back patio door to allow for air circulation that did not stop it. So, at 10 after six in the morning I called my family, woke up my 94-year-old grandmother, who had to walk outside and yell up to my mom to come down stairs and take the phone, as she herself could not climb stairs. In doing so, I woke up the house.

Mom advised that I just unplugged the CO2 detector and plug it back in. That does not resolve the issue either. Then I looked more closely at the unit and found that there was one of those depressed reset buttons that need something to be stuck in the hole. I used the prong of a fork to reset the unit and all was well. Mom called a few hours later when I told them we’d figured it out she said you did remember to unplug it before you used a metal fork to reset it right? Of course!

The other minor calamity I had was the day before they came back. I had a shower dropped a face cloth, finished my shower  in my parents en suite bathroom, went into the bedroom and found what look like a lake on their hardwood floor. Mop it up the best I could but they found some water in the basement the next day. To my knowledge, there wasn’t any serious permanent damage due to my flood!


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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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3 Responses to Freedom and Independace: Staying on My Own

  1. Nisha says:

    Hi Laura,

    I’m a 20-year-old from South Africa who has CP and I wanted to say confratulations on staying by yourself I hope we can get to know each other better my username on Twitter is @nisha360.

    Yours truly,

  2. lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

    Hi thanks for your comment and welcome to my blog! hope you will share it with others

  3. Glynis Jolly says:

    I would think that after those 2 instances, you’re about set to have your own apartment. Especially if you stay within 5 miles of your parents for emergencies. Well done, Laura!

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